Published October 3, 2010 - 7:26pm
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The Ole Miss Rebels (3-2) defeated the Kentucky Wildcats (3-2) Saturday in Oxford. Kentucky has not won in Oxford since 1978. Kentucky committed three turnovers, and Ole Miss capitalized on the errors.
On Kentucky’s opening drive, they drove the length of the field to complete a 6-play, 80-yard drive for a touchdown capped off by 7-yard touchdown run by Derrick Locke. It looked like all Kentucky early.
Ole Miss countered with two touchdown runs by Brandon Bolden and Rodney Scott, and with an 8-yard touchdown pass by Jeremiah Masoli. Ole Miss led at halftime 21-17.
In the second half, the Rebels came out of the gates quickly and won the third quarter. With a touchdown pass from Masoli to Bolden along with a Masoli touchdown run, Ole Miss looked to put the game away.
However, coupled with the fact that Kentucky did not quit and Ole Miss’ inability to put an opponent way – Kentucky came marching back to make things very interesting at the end. Derrick Locke had another touchdown run and Chris Matthews had a touchdown catch to cut the lead to 42-35, and that is how the game ended.
Kentucky moved the football all day out-gaining the Rebels 424 to 301 in total yardage; however, the three turnovers were costly by the Wildcats, as Ole Miss scored each time Kentucky gave it away.
For Ole Miss – Jeremiah Masoli finished the day 9/17 for 90 yards and three touchdowns passing. He also ran for 43 yards and a touchdown. Running back Brandon Bolden had another good game, and he finished with 108 yards and one touchdown on 23 attempts.
For Kentucky – Mike Hartline finished with 300 yards passing and two touchdowns. Derrick Locke finished with 68 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. Randall Cobb finished with 108 yards on 6 catches with one touchdown. Chris Matthews finished with 59 yards receiving and one touchdown.
Kentucky will gear up for when they Auburn this weekend and Ole Miss has a bye week before playing Alabama.